Showing posts with label Hitting Coach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hitting Coach. Show all posts

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rubin: Mets expected to announce Huggins as Hitting Coach

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Dave Hudgens appears to be the clear-cut front runner for the Mets hitting coach position, with an announcement expected within days. Hudgens was one of three finalists.

The others: former Detroit Tigers first base coach Andy Van Slyke , Pirates hitting coach Don Long .

Hudgens manages Caracas in the Venezuelan winter league and has minor league field coordinator for the Cleveland Indians for the past five seasons.

He also has served as a minor league manager for the Oakland Athletics, which is a connection to the front office.

He actually was the fifth overall pick in the first round by the Mets in the now-defunct January draft in 1975 but did not sign.

Collins' staff also is expected to include Ken Oberkfell as bench coach, Dan Warthen as pitching coach, Chip Hale at third base and Jon Debus as bullpen coach. Collins recently labeled Mookie Wilson the likely first base coach.

By the way, Hudgens has a blog with hitting tips. You can check it out at

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Collins on: Chris Young, Next Hitting coach, The Mook and More....

According to ESPN NY, Terry Collins confirmed ESPN's report that the Mets are far along in signing free agent right-hander Chris Young.

"We're looking into it pretty heavy," Collins said on WFAN on Wednesday morning.

The manager added that the Mets already are reviewing Young's medical information, a prerequisite to a signing becoming official.

Collins on Hitting Coach, Mookie Wilson:

Collins said the Mets will interview three to four hitting coaches at the winter meetings next week.

According to Collins, There is a "good shot" of  Mookie Wilson being first base coach. Wilson returned to the organization this past season as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator after four years away from baseball.

He actually served as Mets first base coach from 1997-2002.

Collins on  Johan, Thole, Pedro Feliciano....

The manager estimated a June return for Johan Santana. Santana underwent Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Sandy Alderson already had been on the record noting Santana would not be ready for the start of the season.

He reiterated that Josh Thole has earned the chance to be the everyday catcher.

While it's hard to envision the Mets outbidding other teams at this point given the payroll constraints, Collins said the Mets "still have a chance to sign" Pedro Feliciano, who declined the Mets' arbitration offer Tuesday.
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